Love or Grit: Which Is a Better Indicator of Academic Achievement?

“Poverty of love causes so much violence. When you truly got love, and you know you got love, it helps you function better, you feel better about yourself, you care more about other people, you care about the neighborhood you’re from.”  –Common (Chicago Magazine, Oct. 2014) This quote from the socially-conscious rapper Common resonates so […]

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8 Ways Any High School Can Be More “College Prep”

Yes, the advice in this blog comes from gasp, a charter school. But any school interested in building a college-bound school culture can implement some of these tools and strategies. If you want your students to ask not “Will I go to college?” but rather “Where will I go to college?” then read on. Chicago Math […]

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A Clearer Picture of the Education Gap in America

Students at Chicago Math and Science Academy enjoy new school supplies donated by Morningstar. This school year, for the first time in history, there will be more minority students than white students in K-12 schools in America. Should that really be surprising, seeing as in 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau predicted that whites will become […]

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NSTA President on Growing STEM Pipeline

This past March, Concept Schools had the privilege of hosting Mr. Bill Badders, President of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), as a keynote speaker at the 1st Annual STEM Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Badders addressed the audience of over 300 STEM educators and industry experts on the topic of “Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core, Literacy, […]

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An Optimist’s Approach to Solving America’s Math Problem: The Concept Schools Model

“The cognitive-science research suggested a startling cause of Americans’ innumeracy: school.” —Elizabeth Green, “Why Does America Stink at Math?” Have you seen the recent New York Times article “Why Does America Stink at Math?” making the rounds on the Web? It’s definitely worth a read. The take-home message is that, as a nation, we suffer from “innumeracy” or “quantitative deficiency.” The […]

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Two Concept Schools Firsts! MIT Graduate and University of Chicago Full-Ride

HSA-Columbus 2009 alumnus Dorma Flemister graduated from MIT on June 6, 2014 This school year marked two historic firsts for the Concept Schools network—which includes 30 schools in 6 Midwest states and which began in 1999—and both are from Horizon Science Academy Columbus, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We could not be prouder of […]

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Show Girls Successful Women in STEM Careers

Recent research conducted by the Girl Scouts of the USA shows that 74% of teenage girls are interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math). But nearly as many girls surveyed in the report say that STEM careers are not their first choice and that they do not know enough about the fields of study. This […]

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STEM Programs Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future

“A STEM education is a pathway to prosperity – not just for you as an individual but for America as a whole…We need you in our classrooms, labs and key government agencies to help solve our biggest challenges, and that’s why we are investing heavily to promote STEM education.”   —U.S. Secretary of Education Arne […]

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